Born: January 3, 1906, Fort Pierce, Florida Died: June 6, 1995, Fort Pierce, Florida
Albert Ernest Backus is known for his paintings of Florida landscapes. Although he studied for two summers in 1922-23 at Parsons School of Applied Art, Backus is considered a self-taught artist. Backus had an early career as a commercial artist, painting marquees, signs and billboards before pursuing landscape painting full-time. He recorded his travels while in the Navy during World War II through his watercolor and oil paintings. Initially working in an impressionistic style, Backus relied heavily on the palette knife, but later his style became more refined and included a stronger use of the paintbrush. Backus taught and influenced some members of a group of African-American landscape painters known as The Highwaymen. Most of Backusí work remains in the A.E. Backus Gallery and Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida.
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